Principal's arrest raises concern for board

West Valley Principal's Arrest Under Review

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. -- Months after the West Valley Central School principal was arrested, school officials have only recently found out and will review the matter involving the principal, Daniel Amodeo.

In February, Amodeo was arrested in Pennsylvania's McKean County. 

Amodeo pled guilty over the summer to possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and exceeding the speed limit.  

The charges of possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use, DUI: controlled substance and endangering there welfare of a child were dismissed.  Police say the principal had his 11-year old child in the car at the time of his arrest.

Daniel Amodeo has served as principal of the West Valley Central Schools, a K-12 school district located in West Valley, N.Y., for seven years, according to Superintendent Eric Lawton.  

Lawton issued this statement: "The West Valley Central School District has received information concerning Principal Daniel Amodeo and an incident that occurred earlier this year involving a conviction for a driving offense in Pennsylvania.  While this is a personnel matter that we are not at liberty to discuss publicly, we fully understand the gravity of the situation, as does Mr. Amodeo.  As we review this matter further, the Board's priority will remain focused on the safety and well-being of our students."

In an interview with 2 On Your Side, the Superintendent told Claudine Ewing that the school board will consider the matter in an executive session.  

The school board could go forward with 3020A, a due process hearing for tenured employees.  If that happens, it could take months, and according to Supt. Lawton, the board could, "do anything from termination, administrative leave, (or) maybe mandatory drug testing."



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